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OM

And in the original book (and early films), when the little mermaid started walking on the beach, every step was like walking on knives. I mean, I still get emotional when I remember watching the old movies as a kid. They made her walk really slowly on the beach. You could actually feel the knives. That was romance. You don't need faux-Caribbean songs to create an atmosphere.

always home and uncool

The Princess thing ends with a big thud into all things Hannah Montana.

landismom

ahau is totally right. And those bastards at Disney will still keep taking your money, through the Hannah Montana and High School Musical franchises. The good news is that they stop wanting to force you to lose your dignity through board games. The bad news is that you will spend waaaaaay more time than you want to on Fandango buying pre-opening tickets to High School Musical 10 (or whatever they're up to by that point).

Kara

I dearly miss the days of Princesslust because I now identify those days as the golden era of childhood when my wee babe believed that mom and dad could do anything- before homework and peer pressure and kids at school who teach your kid how to swear and then.... tell her that princesses are lame and loser-ish and only for babies.

I know this is a very heavy comment for a funny post but some day you'll find yourself at Disneyworld, as we did last weekend, begging your daughter to admit that once upon a time she thought princesses were pretty awesome and reassuring her that nobody from school was around the hear her.

I love princesses. Cheeky can come over and play princess with us anytime. And I bet you look just like Ace Frehley in makeup.

Kara

(in princess makeup, I mean)

TheOtherCW

But you make such a pretty, pretty princess. Don't you like being a pretty princess?

Joel

Dude - I feel your pain although I was laughing all the way through this post. I can't understand how it happened to the Bun either. Now the grandparents have picked it up and ran with it against all our protests. Mermaid nightgowns, dishes, movies - where will it end! I wrote about our experiences but not as eloquently as you. We'll commiserate together virtually...

http://littlebunsblog.blogspot.com/2009/01/millies-underwater-christmas.html#links

babbo

Although I have two boys, I try very hard to teach them about respecting women.

There is still such a culture of depicting women as subservient, egged on by countless magazines TV shows depicting women as sex objects.

I think your daughter will be in a far better place as an adult having you for a dad. I wish my wife's parents had made such effort and been so passionate about parenting.

I say buy a copy of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 1. There's empowerment.

Peace, man.

babbo
www.daddybrain.wordpress.com

mo-wo

I need this. But still, it doesn't help. It is just that severe.

Signed, mother of a 4 and 1/2 year old.

Mom101

This just might be my favorite post of yours ever.

That said, you know your daughter will be forbidden from wielding her pop culture influence around mine right?

evan

“I've rocked back and forth late into the night, my knees clutched close to my chest, trying to comprehend how it gnawed through our floorboards...”

No use beating yourself up; just remember that you’re up against a dark cabal of professionals who have been at this for the better part of a century. A cabal, I might add, of supernatural marketing forces still led to this day by the frozen head of the Dark Master Himself.

Or maybe not. Either way, I have to agree with Kara; my kids are teens now and I do kinda miss the days when everything was simpler and a VCR full of Aladdin made everything Ok. (Sigh)

Redneck Mommy

Heh. Having survived my turn at being tortured by Disney, I can justly say I'm glad it's you and not me.

I still am haunted by nightmares involving Belle and Ariel.

Ugh.

I read a version of Cinderella where one of the step sisters actually carved her foot in half in order to shove it in the glass slipper.

Where is Disney's version of that? I'd totally pay money to see it.

Wink.

Jesa

yep- the stepsis's in cinderella cut off part of their feet (no fairy godmother in this version, either, just a very giving walnut tree, and some helpful birds in it), Ariel was supposed to stab the other girl, piping hot dancing shoes, some incest, oh and bestiality- we all remember Thumbelina (Beauty and the Beast is way too easy, and it didn't happen there, though I'm sure it should of)... lots of knives.I heart fairy tales.
where's Baba Yaga when you need her?

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